November 19 North Dakota Tourism E-Newsletter
Keep up on the latest tourism industry news impacting North Dakota
November 19 Newsletter
Cassie Theurer Joins ND Tourism
Time to Join Rest Area Program
Group Travel Expert Tip
North of Normal Photo Contest
National Extension Tourism Conference
Remember to Post 2016 Events on Website
- Check out Fargo-Moorhead’s new restaurants: www.fargomonthly.com/entertainment/new-restaurants-in-fargo-moorhead/
- Celebrate winter with the North of Normal “Frostival” January 29-31, Fargo: www.frostival.com
- Fargo Amtrak station set to receive upgrades: www.inforum.com/news/3876073-fargo-amtrak-station-set-receive-upgrades
- New bus stop location has opened in Jamestown at 119 2nd Ave SE. www.jamestownsun.com/news/local/3875485-new-bus-depot-open-nov-16
- Clubhouse Hotel and Suites now open in Fargo.
- Mainstay Suites now open in Watford City and Stanley.
- Panera Bread opened in Bismarck on the southeast corner of Kirkwood Mall parking lot.
- New restaurant now open at Hazen Bay Recreation Area will stay open through deer season and re-open in spring. www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=hazen%20restaurants
North Dakota Tourism has a new Digital Asset Specialist. Cassie Theurer joined the team at Tourism this week and will be managing digital content, including photos, videos and the multi-purposing of assets on North Dakota Tourism’s website and digital channels. She will be the primary contact for partners and media looking for photos and videos. If the name looks familiar, it should. Cassie spent five years at Jamestown Tourism and has more than 10 years of experience in digital content production and graphic design. As the former designer of North Dakota Studies textbooks, she has superior knowledge of North Dakota. Welcome Cassie and send her a note at [email protected].
Have you ever wondered what it takes to get your brochures into the state’s rest areas? Now is the time to ask questions! If you are part of the tourism industry and interested in participating in the Literature Rack Program for 2016, please call Tammy Backhaus for more details, 701-328-2526 or email [email protected]. The deadline for participation is Jan. 15, 2016. There are no exceptions after this deadline.
Are you in the group travel business? How can you grow leads into sales? After viewing your ad, prospects will contact you via telephone, email or our Reader Service Card program. These advertising leads are just the start. It’s up to you to turn an interested tour planner into a customer. Click here for more.
Drivers in the United States have been tallying up more travel miles than the same month in previous years for the last 18 months. Click here for more.
Midwest Meetings Magazine is looking for possible sites to promote as outdoor meeting venues. Many resorts and lodges are uniquely positioned to provide not just outdoor activities, but outdoor meetings. If you know of hotel or resort contacts and/or planners who host outdoor meetings, please contact Shadia Cook via email or at 920-471-9397.
The Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau is calling all photographers (from novice to professional) to submit their favorite photo(s) of Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo. Images will be considered for use in the 2016 visitors guide. Photos can be submitted on the CVB’s Facebook page at facebook.com/fargomoorhead through Dec. 15, 2015. One photo will be selected for inclusion in the 2016 FMWF Official Visitors Guide, and to receive a $250 Visa gift card. All photos can be viewed on the Facebook page contest tab and are open to voting. The photo with the most votes will win the People’s Choice award and a $100 Visa gift card. All photos submitted will be eligible for both prizes.
Tourism Development Manager Dean Ihla recently joined representatives from 16 other states at the National Extension Tourism Conference in Galveston, Texas. This biennial conference addresses the topics of rural tourism development, community and regional development, economic impacts of tourism and recreation, agritourism and cultural/heritage tourism.
Ihla participated in a breakout session informing attendees about the newly formed National Agritourism Professionals Association, of which he serves on the board of directors. Also in attendance from North Dakota was Glenn Muske from NDSU’s Center for Community Development. Muske gave a presentation on “Building Local Foods with Micro Projects.”
Tourism partners are reminded to post their 2016 events on NDtourism.com. Events drive trips and businesses see a 138% increase in bookings when a photo is included with the listing. Go to partners.ndtourism.com to add your tourism-specific events.